Possible Google Update: Friday 25-10-13

Algoroo has measured a significant ranking flux on Friday after a relatively stable fortnight indicating at a possible algorithmic tweak at Google.

2.33 roos

The SERP turbulence level this Friday was at a whopping 2.33 roos making it the 8th most volatile day in 2013:

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Are we looking at a new layer in the search quality algorithm or a tweak to an existing one?…

 

Reddit: Google’s Semantic Data-Mining Opportunity

Look at this perfectly looped image sequence. It’s link building, chain making, Futurama, factory… it’s satisfying, and hypnotic. Google, however, won’t be able to link these concepts well enough unless it’s fed structured semantic data. They must find creative ways to correlate “strings” and understand “things” as webmasters don’t always have a habit of structuring their data, just like they don’t always use rel=”nofollow” or write clean code.…

 

Link Removal Blackmail

In the past few months we’ve all removed a few links, some of us even handled link removal campaigns for our clients. Mistakes of the past practices come back around and now the entire SEO community is dealing with them, it touches every level.…

 

Tested: QR and EXIF URL Discovery

googlebot

I’ll keep this short and to the point. We tested two things:

  1. Will Google discover a URL contained in a QR code?
  2. Will Google discover a URL contained in an EXIF?

The answer to both at this stage of our test is: No.…

 

The Art of Link Earning

Exactly two years ago, I published a little study on link anatomy [PDF] from link builder’s point of view and many were surprised to see so many attributes attached to something so simple as a link. Today will focus on the left hemisphere of the diagram with attention to organic acquisition scenarios (excluding any direct manipulation in the link earning process).…

 

Anchor Text Harvesting

This article explains how to crawl a single domain and generate a complete list of all external anchor text used.

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80Legs

  1. Log into 80legs and create a new job. You can name it whatever you like.
  2. Add the URL of the domain you wish to crawl in the “Simple” mode of “Seed List of URLs” field.
 

How to get 25,000 +1′s and PageRank 7 in one week

WARNING: Misleading title.

Now that I got your attention I’d like to point out just how smart Google has become over the years. It seems they’re able to understand when a site has been moved and consolidate their signals accordingly without any canonicalisation or 301 redirects.…

 

Penguinflux or Hummingbird?

Today we upgraded Algoroo to include all available SERP flux data ranging from December 2012 until now. One thing that strikes me as unusual is the impact Penguin 2.0 left on search results. It seems that the level of search result volatility never restored to its pre-Penguin 2.0 state which hints at a possibility of a whole new real-time search quality algorithm.…

 

Call To Action Examples – How The Big Boys Do It

Phone Call To Action

Okay, yes! There are loads of blog posts with examples of calls to action out there already, but we’re often asked for good examples, and having looked through some of the existing posts, they don’t do exactly what I want. The aim of this post is to provide a list of examples without too much complication to give designers or SEO’s a quick point of reference and inspiration from some of the best designed calls to action on the interwebs.…

 

What Is the Value of a Facebook “Like” Anyway?

Facebook Like

With over 1 billion active users as of this year, Facebook is no doubt the social network to master for marketers. However, for most company Facebook accounts, the focus isn’t generally on the number of “likes” or “fans” earned. While a Facebook “like” shows engagement, it’s the great content and the advertising opportunities that typically take the top spot on the priority list.

 

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